Olympic sprinter returns to Central Texas, continues to train
Trayvon Bromell is back in Waco after making it to the finals of the 100-meter spring in Rio.
He took 8th place overall, making him one of the top 10 fastest sprinters in the world.
The decorated sprinter went pro in 2014 to prepare for the games.
Prior to that, he was a Baylor University track star, winning national titles in 2014 and 2015 and a number of medals in his events including the 60-, 100-, and 200-meter sprints and the 4X100 and 4X200 relays.
Bromell continues to train at Baylor and when he was in Rio, Baylor was never far from his mind.
"I just wanted to represent my school and my country the best I could. It was a humbling experience and I loved every second of it," Bromell said.
When asked about the Olympic experience from an athlete’s prospective, Bromell said it was just as exciting to watch the events in person as it was for viewers at home.
“We went to see some of the basketball games. Some of the guys went to see the swim finals with Phelps. It was real cool to watch these other athletes go out and represent the USA. It’s just exciting,” Bromell said.
After competing on the world circuit in places like Colombia and China, Rio was an easier adjustment than Bromell expected.
“It’s only one hour difference and the feel is really the same. A little more island-y, but not too bad an adjustment at all,” Bromell said.
Bromell strained his Achilles tendon before the games and competed through the pain.
Now home, he will rehab and recuperate and possibly have surgery.
Bromell is not worried about the injury and said he will be back on the track as soon as possible.
“This is my career, it’s my job, it’s how I pay the bills. Nothing's changing, just stay to the usual plan. I'm just trying to drag this career as long as possible and just take it all in basically,” he said.